What are the Dangers of Secondhand Smoke?

Saturday, November 24, 2012

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Quitting smoking is a personal decision. But your decision to keep smoking affects everyone around you. Even a little secondhand smoke is dangerous.

Here are four things you may not know about secondhand smoke:

  • Secondhand smoke can causes cancer in nonsmokers.

  • Secondhand smoke causes breathing problems and lung disease.

  • Secondhand smoke causes heart disease and can trigger heart attacks.

  • People who breathe secondhand smoke get colds and the flu more easily.

There are even more risks to infants and children who breathe secondhand smoke. They are more likely to:

  • Be cranky, restless, and get sick more often

  • Have breathing problems such as asthma

  • Get more ear infections

  • Get more lung infections like pneumonia 

  • Have learning problems

  • Die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome  

 

Learn how you can protect your family and friends from secondhand smoke.

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